Loughborough Alumni


29 Nov 2016

Alumnus releases autobiography on Olympic life and career

Physical Education alumnus and ex-Olympian, Bill Tancred, has recently released his autobiography, ‘Bill Tancred – An Ordinary Olympian But What A Life’.

Professor Tancred details his early life in India and Felixstowe before entering the Army as a physical training instructor in the East Anglian Regiment and the Royal Army Physical Training Corps. Discussing his time at Loughborough Teaching College, Loughborough University and West Virginia University, USA, Bill outlines his time as a student outside of his athletics career.

The former British Record Holder spent twelve years in the British Athletics Team as a discus thrower and competed for Great Britain in the shot put seventeen times. He competed in two Olympic Games in 1968 and 1972 as well as in three Commonwealth Games, winning a Bronze and Silver medal in the 1970 and 1974 games respectively. Bill moved into academia following his impressive athletics career.

On retirement from athletics, Bill became the National Event Coach to the British Amateur Athletics, and spent more than twenty years with the International Amateur Athletics Federation.

Professor Tancred was also awarded an MBE for his services to athletics in 1992.

If you are interested in finding out more about Bill Tancred’s life in his autobiography, please contact alumni@lboro.ac.uk for more information.

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